tlas Orthogonal Chiropractic technique is a specialized and very effective treatment that not only helps relieve symptoms of head and neck traumas -- including whiplash and concussions – but gets to the source of the problem and helps the body heal after an injury.
The symptoms of whiplash and head trauma can include:
- neck pain
- back and shoulder pain
- visual and auditory problems
- depression and anxiety
- ringing in the ears
- vertigo and nausea
- numbness and tingling in the hands and arms
According to a study published in The Journal of Whiplash and Related Disorders, 80 percent of whiplash patients who were treated with Atlas Orthogonal experienced complete or near complete resolution of their pain and other symptoms.
Studies in the Journal of Injury and the Journal of Orthopedic Medicine show that people who saw no improvement in their symptoms from treatment by an orthopedist, physical therapist, or pain management specialist did see improvement with chiropractic treatment.
“Whiplash” is the term for a sudden movement of the head caused by an abnormal force that flexes or extends the neck muscles beyond their normal range of motion. There may be spinal injury as well as ligament or nerve damage and even a minor traumatic brain injury (MTBI) with whiplash. When your neck gets “whipped” (which usually happens very fast), the ligaments in the neck get stretched, and they no longer prevent the neck vertebrae (bones) from gliding against one another.
Whiplash can occur in many ways. Car crashes are a common cause, and 45% of people who suffer from chronic neck pain state it was caused by a past motor vehicle accident. Even in crash speeds as low as 5 mph, a person can suffer whiplash.
Head and neck trauma can occur in other ways as well. A blow to the head from slipping on a wet floor or getting hit in the head while playing a sport, for example, can also cause the head and neck to move in such a way that serious injury can result. Another common cause of whiplash for children is the trampoline and playing tag at school. Any blow to the body, causing sudden, forceful movement to the head and neck area can cause whiplash.
Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic upper cervical treatment begins with the alignment of the top vertebrae of the spine or the Atlas (C1). The adjustment literally adjusts the vertebrae so the head sits squarely on the spine. C1 is similar to the top link of a chain – it affects every vertebra below it. The head should sit level on the cervical spine or neck. The neck is the most delicate and the most moveable area of the spine and the least stable. An Atlas Orthogonal specialist has received advanced training to identify and correct atlas misalignments with a precise and gentle adjustment. There is no popping or cracking of the neck.
Successful recovery from whiplash starts with early treatment from a chiropractor who specializes in treating whiplash injuries. Whiplash symptoms, which usually begin as stiffness and/or soreness in the neck and/or back, may appear immediately or take weeks or months to appear. It’s important to seek evaluation and treatment as soon as you experience trauma to the body or falls.
For more information and to schedule a free consultation from a Board Certified Atlas Orthogonal upper cervical specialist, call 480-325-6977. Foresight Chiropractic, the Valley’s premier Wellness Center has been successfully serving families for over 20 years. Schedule a spinal checkup today for yourself and your family – don’t wait for a problem to occur!